Comedy Bits: This Week in Comedy News Tribeca Reunites Spinal Tap and Say Anything, Hannah Gadsby Talks, David Cross in Theaters, Chris Kattan Blames SNL, and Anthony Jeselnik’s Latest

Missed a week of collected comedy tidbits because team interrobang was too busy enjoying Austin to pay attention to the rest of the world but everything’s back to normal now and we have a lot of catching up to do.  This week we watched Jim Carrey play the villain in the new trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, and shared the news that Seeso’s former head is now taking over an iconic comedy brand. Pete Davidson stormed out of a comedy club in New Jersey. One of our favorite emerging talents announced a new HBO special. Desus & Mero shared some good news. Clusterfest revealed the details about a popular recurring event.  Found out the next big comedy star bringing a show off-Broadway. We got our first look at Danny McBride‘s new HBO series, heard Peter Dinklage in a new Audible comedy series, and saw the poster for the upcoming Jim Gaffigan movie.   And we heard from the man bringing a lot more comedy to Western New York, learned Kathleen Madigan’s five favorite social media accounts to follow, and delivered all the important stories from this year’s Moontower Comedy Festival.

And tonight, comedy fans everywhere will be watching to see Adam Sandler return to 30 Rock to host Saturday Night Live for the first time in what’s being called a historic event.

But all of that was just the tip of this week’s comedy news iceberg.  Catch up on all the news that was too short to deliver this week in our weekly comedy news roundup.

David Cross has a new special out this coming Friday in theaters!  Oh, Come On will also be released via the Comedy Dynamics Network through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Xbox.  Covering everything from dates at the colonic spa to his examination of why Trump supporters still find ways to support him, ‘Oh, Come On,’ was taped during Cross’ 70-date international tour of the same name.

In other news, Amy Schumer, still pregnant.  Schumer posted a picture from a recent doctors visit and she’s ready to pop and tired of being pregnant. She also hates Mondays although no one can figure out why a stand up comedian without a 9-5 would have any issue with Mondays at all. Check out her big big belly on her Instagram.

SNL alum Chris Kattan has a new book coming out talking about all the scars he acquired during his years at Saturday Night Live including the revelation that he broke his neck while performing a sketch in 2001.  He says the incident nearly paralyzed him and that years of struggles followed, not only careerwise but also battling addiction. Variety reported that Kattan hit his head falling backwards in a chair. The fall led to five surgeries and some lasting injuries. But there seem to be some questions about whether this incident ever happened at all. In the book, Kattan claims he didn’t realize the extent of his injuries immediately but later traced it back to that night. Kattan will be sitting down for an hour with Ron Bennington next week to talk about the book and his career. For tickets visit

This week marks the beginning middle and end of the Cape Fear Comedy Festival 2019. 50 comedians will perform at the Wilmington, North Carolina event with Maria Bamford headlining the final two shows. For more info, visit their website.  It runs May 9th through 12th.

Also festiving this week, The 5th Annual Gundo Comedy Festival in El Segundo, California. Bert Kreischer is bringing his Bertcast Live to the fest this year along with a ton of local talent. Go to the festival site for more info.

Deadline reports that Richie Keen will direct an upcoming Will Ferrell comedy about the star of an eSports team. Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme wrote the script. Source: Deadline.

Roy Wood Jr.’s new digital original series The Night Pigeon debuted on Friday. The digital series tells the story of a black superhero with minimal powers fighting the biggest villains in his community, The Gentrifiers. The first episode, Too Late To Be Great, follows Luke Rage (Roy Wood Jr.) and Night Pigeon who fight crimes that the more bougie superheroes can’t be bothered to deal with. They find themselves in a sticky situation after saving a bodega from an armed robber.  Roy Wood Jr. writes and stars in the digital series, which is a continuation of his comedic superhero universe started with the sketch The Avenging Ones. Following the series premiere, new episodes will be available Saturday 5/4 and Sunday 5/5 at 12pm ET on the Comedy Central YouTube Channel.

The Madison Square Garden Company is celebrateing Jerry Seinfeld’s 50th show in his residency at the Beacon Theatre this week. Seinfeld began his residency in 2016, and continued it throughout 2017 before resuming in January 2019. Seinfeld currently holds the record for the most comedy shows at The Beacon, and is catching up to the total performance numbers of other legendary Beacon Theatre mainstays, including Allman Brothers Band and Steely Dan, who have 238 and 60 performances, respectively. Additional performances as part of the Seinfeld residency have been announced through November 2019.’

Anthony Jeselnik‘s new hour dropped on Netflix this week and is getting rave reviews. Fire in the Maternity World covers some comfortable non-controversial topics- you know like abortion, murder suicide, racism and family. It’s a definite in the worth-watching column and likely to make best of lists this year, and that’s really all you need to know before hitting play.

Jimmy Pardo announced his guests for today’s 10th Annual Pardcast-A-Thon benefiting Smile Train. Jon Hamm, Jameela Jamil, John Ross Bowie, Zach Galifianakis, Matt Walsh, Andy Daly, and Andrea Savage, along with dozens more surprise guests will participate. Watch the 10th Annual Pardcast-A-Thon Fundraiser this Saturday, May 4 Stream at Noon to Midnight Pacific Time.

Jo Koy‘s hit podcast The Koy Pond has joined the Starburns Audio podcasting network. The network is getting serious about comedy- they’ve also teamed up with Ms. Pat to launch a brand new weekly podcast titled The Patdown, featuring Ms. Pat talking about the world and sharing stories.  The Patdown just launched this week.

Showtime’s animated satire Our Cartoon President starts its new season this week, premiering May 12. Based on a recurring segment from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show is an extremely witty examination of the Trump presidency the the key players that surround him. This season the comedy hits keep coming in the form of animated Jeff Bezos to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Queer Eye< Jonathan Van Ness(and yes, he voices himself!).

Team Spinal Tap got together this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s been 35 years since the film’s release and Tribeca celebrated with a screening and performance and an added bonus- the band performed (wait it gets better) with Elvis Costello!   Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer performed “Flower People,” “Hell Hole,” “All the Way Home” and “Clam Caravan” and “Sex Farm.” Costello joined for “Gimme Some Money.”

Tribeca Film Fest was fat with comedy reunions this year.  (We sadly missed all of them because of the conflict with Moontower) The Simpsons also celebrated an anniversary- 30 years. Harry Shearer was present for this one too which also included Yeardley Smith, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Al Jean, and Matt Selman. Two episodes were screened. Neither of them included Michael Jackson. The creators opted to share two other classics: “Marge vs. the Monorail” and “The Day the Earth Stood Cool.”

Also celebrating 30 years, the cast of Say Anything reunited at Tribeca Film Fest this week with Ione Skye and Cameron Crowe showing up to talk about the classic coming of age comedy with John Cusack participating remotely. New York magazine film critic David Edelstein moderated. The cast revealed that Lloyd Dobler was actually meant to be pronounced more like Doughb than Dob. The role, Crowe revealed was based on a neighbor of his. The audience also learned that Dick Van Dyke was considered for the part of Diane’s dad.

Sebastian Maniscalco announced dates for his new Fall Tour.  Titled You Bother Me, the tour will visit 12 North American cities this fall.  Tickets are on sale.

Kevin Hart’s “Laugh Out Loud” is moving to Bounce TV. The series will premiere on May 6th and run for 10 episodes- every Monday at 9pm.  Hosted by Jasmine Brown, each episode will include a selection of content from Hart’s streaming service.   Source: Deadline.

More news from the Hart camp. Kevin will star in a remake of the hit Korean comedy “Extreme Job.”  It’s a story of undercover detectives who stake out a fried chicken joint following an organized crime mob. But things get weird when one of the detectives brings a fried chicken recipe to the establishment that turns the place into the hottest spot in town. Source: Variety.

Sword of Trust has a release date. The improv-based comedy from director Lynn Shelton stars Jillian Bell and Marc Maron and will open in limited release on July 12th.  The film explores themes of conspiracy theories and revisionist history. When Cynthia finds she has inherited an antique sword from her grandfather, attempts to unload the sword uncover a black market for the relic, believed to definitively prove that the South won the Civil War.  Maron wrote and performed the music for the film, and co-stars as the owner of a pivotal pawn shop.

Marisa Tomei is joining the Judd Apatow film based on the real life childhood of SNL star Pete Davidson.  Little is known about the movie but is will be set in Staten Island and the script was written by Apatow, Davidson and Dave Sirius.

Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School is partnering with NBC to create a scholarship for students with diverse backgrounds to study at the school.  The first four scholarships will be awarded for the upcoming fall semester.  Eligible candidates for the Emerging Voices Scholarship are required to have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old. Diverse candidates are highly encouraged to apply via the HRFS website .

Hannah Gadsby gave a TED Talk this week going over the development of her game-changing Netflix special and talking about the implications of reactions to her hour. The 20 minute talk is titled How I Broke Comedy, She talked about being both bad at and good at talking, and more. You can watch the full talk here.

Robin Williams daughter, Zelda Williams will be directing her first feature film.  The thriller is titled  AMA (Ask Me Anything) and covers the dangers of the digital age when an online ask-me-anything interview with a big star gets hijacked by a mysterious participant who starts revealing hidden secrets.

Yemeni-American immigrant Ali Sultan is releasing his debut album, Happy To Be Here.  Combining takes on everyday monotony as well as remarkable once-in-a-lifetime stories, Ali shares a near-death experience and spiritual battle, pitting God against family (“Almost Dead but S.T.D.-Free”)? and impressions on big box stores.  Recorded in his hometown of Minneapolis. Winner of the 2018 “Best of The Midwest” contest at Gilda’s Laugh Fest and host of the Stories with my Muslim Mom podcast, Ali Sultan saw his first stand-up comedian when he moved to America from Yemen at the age of 15 and made local history by being the first person to win both Acme’s Funniest Person along with House of Comedy’s Funniest Personcontests.

This week on Late Night: great sets from great comics. Jon Rudnitsky and Nore Davis each performed on Conan, Leonard Ouzts delivered a spot on The Tonight Show, and Chad Daniels did a set on the Late Late Show.

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